November 26, 2014
Musing: The Philo Effect
Phoebe Philo remains a constant source of inspiration for us. We love her not only for her impressive accomplishments since taking over Céline, but also for her own personal style and aesthetics. She single-handedly revived Céline with her modern and minimalistic philosophy towards fashion. Her attention to shapes, textures, colors, and materials brought a new subtleness often overlooked by many other luxury brands. Moving away from the maximalist approach, Phoebe’s designs stripped away the unnecessary and captured the essence of each article of clothing. This way of designing was reminiscent of the Bauhaus movement and mid-century aesthetics. The world got a glimpse of her personal style when she was seen during the runway show for Céline 2011 wearing her Stan Smith adidas rather than the fashion uniform of high heels. Since then, the sneaker trend has taken the world by storm, and it was all started with Phoebe Philo.
Because of Phoebe's influence, we no longer have to choose between form and function. It is acceptable to wear sneakers with a suit or a dress. The oversized silhouette is no longer sloppy but is rather a purposeful choice. Phoebe’s passion and her infection style have become a way of life--having us saying “WWPPD,” What would Phoebe Philo do?
Taking a page from Phoebe's book, we both have been looking to find new ways to style our black Nike Free Runs 5.0 outside of working out. We have been relieved to take a break from our senselessly stiff (albeit pretty) shoes. With our minimalistic closets and style, the Free Runs have fit in seamlessly with the rest of our neutral and basic clothes. It's a wonder how we've gone on this long without wearing them outside of the gym. Whether we are wearing them with joggers and pullovers or with jeans and a t-shirt, we've been enjoying walking the town with these comfortable sneakers. We've pulled inspiration from Pinterest and cannot wait to continue styling them.